VERICUT Composite Applications are being used by leading manufacturers to program and simulate automated fibre placement and tape-laying machinery from machine tool builders such as, Electroimpact, MTorres, AFPT, Automated Dynamics, Fives, Accudyne, BA Composites and others.
“With a specific focus on laminate design, we’ve added powerful and innovative features to help our customers every step of the way in producing quality composites parts,” said CGTech managing director, Tony Shrewsbury.
The Composites 8.1 suite focuses on streamlining the flow of data between design applications, VCP itself, and analysis packages.
“VCP 8.1 allows users to import the engineered laminate design while providing tools to export defects caused from manufacturing limitations back to analysis packages, thus closing the design for manufacturing loop,” he added.
Many features have been added in version 8.1, including a new ‘Laminate Manager’ which automates file management and processing for the entire laminate. This release also includes a completely redesigned graphical interface, enhanced reports, laminate analysis tools, advanced collision avoidance, and more. A complete list of enhancements is available on the cgtech.co.uk website.
VCP starts by reading in CATIA, NX, Solidworks, STEP, or ACIS surface models. This data can be combined with information from composite design packages such as Fibersim and CATIA Composite Workbench. VCP adds material to fill ply boundaries according to user-specified manufacturing standards and machine limitations. Layup paths are linked together to form specific layup sequences and are output as NC programs for the automated layup machine.
VCS reads CAD models and NC programs, either from VCP or other composite layup path-generation applications and simulates the sequence of NC programs on a virtual machine. Material is applied to the layup form via NC program instructions in a virtual CNC simulation environment. The simulated material applied to the form can be measured and inspected to ensure the NC program follows manufacturing standards and requirements. A report showing simulation results and statistical information can be automatically created.